WILLIE NEL­SON

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My Way SONY LE­GACY 7/10 willie sings Frank on his sec­ond al­bum of 2018

One of the first to rein­vent the Great Amer­i­can Song­book back in 1978 on Star­dust, Nel­son’s smoothly sea­soned croon seems more of a nat­u­ral fit with the Si­na­tra shtick than Dy­lan’s geri­atric croak, and although his take lacks Bob’s icon­o­clasm, there’s some­thing deeply re­as­sur­ing about his laid-back schmooze on abid­ing clas­sics such as “Night And Day” and “Fly Me To The Moon”. A jazz­ily up­beat “Young At Heart” makes for a re­veal­ing con­trast with Dy­lan’s au­tum­nal ver­sion, No­rah Jones duets play­fully on “What Is This Thing Called Love” and even the over-fa­mil­iar ti­tle track is de­liv­ered with an ap­peal­ingly re­flec­tive warmth.

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